The most suitable Realtor for you is not necessarily the one related to you, and might not be a local. Your best choice gets real estate for sale in Arlington, and is easy to get along with.
Every shopper has different needs and different budgets. Some property hunters can can only afford $774,250 while others are willing to pay $855,750 for the same high-rise condo. Some home hunters are moving in from out of state. Some buyers love Contemporary-style condos. Others do not. Just as shoppers are different, licensed real estate advisers have different patience and areas of focus.
Here’s how I think you should decide on the best choice of Realtor for you when you’re buying in Arlington:
- Check out Realtor referrals. — I like Angie’s List because I know that Angie’s List voice verifies each review. You can also see if the agent or brokerage has any awards for client satisfaction.
- Take a minute to talk to a couple of real estate professionals — Take a moment to talk to me on the phone. If I can’t help you, I can point you toward a Realtor who is more suited to your needs. The Realtor should have time to share nuggets of wisdom to you. If you pick the most popular Realtor in Arlington, you might find yourself working with a junior associate affiliated with that Realtor.
- It’s critical that you and your agent share a certain rapport. — You want a good listener and a real estate pro this isn’t eager to the point of desperation. You will probably be working with your real estate pro anywhere from 2 to 12 months, so it helps to get along with them.
- Find out how each Realtor identifies properties. — When selecting a Realtor, ask how they identify high-rise condos. Some Realtors have their own preferred listings that they favor. But you want what’s right for you, not what’s perfect for your agent. So make sure the real estate agent is willing to search high and low to find the most suitable home for you. That includes using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as their own personal network.
- Read paperwork carefully. — The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all licensed agents to sign a representation agreement before showing properties or having material discussions about a specific property. Be very wary of any agent that is not concerned about getting a representation agreement signed. It’s critical that you examine all documents during the home buying process, and that includes your agent’s representation agreement. It doesn’t hurt to have a legal adviser take a look at your representation agreement, but usually that’s not necessary. The document is pretty straight forward.